Mountain Resume - Mark Klassen

I have climbed and skied all over the world, both recreationally and as a guide. Here are some selected routes and ski tours. 

Selected Personal Climbing and skiing resume

Canadian Rockies

  • Mt Robson, Emperor Ridge
  • Mt Robson, Fuhrer Ridge (winter)
  • Mt Colin, SW Face
  • Mt Edith Cavell, N Face
  • Oubliette Pk, E Face
  • Diadem Pk, N Face
  • Mt Cromwell, Elzinga-Miller
  • Mt Kitchener, Grand Central Couloir
  • Mt Athabasca, Hourglass
  • Howse Pk, NE Buttress
  • Mt Patterson, E Ridge
  • Pope's Pk, N Face (winter)
  • Mt Temple, Greenwood-Locke
  • Mt Temple, Greenwood-Jones
  • Mt Louis, Homage to the Spider

Columbia Mountains

  • Mt Macdonald, W Face
  • South Howser Tower, Beckey-Chouinard
  • Snowpatch Spire, Wildflowers
  • Crescent Spire, McTech Arete

South America

  • Kitaraju, N Face
  • Alpamayo, French Route
  • Artesonraju, S Face
  • Huandoy Este, S Face
  • Chopikalki, SW Ridge (solo)
  • Huascaran Sur, W Rib (solo)
  • Ranrapalca, NE Ridge
  • Shaqsha (Huandoy Chico), NE Ridge
  • Aconcagua, Normal route (solo - winter)


  • Lobuje East, S Ridge
  • Imja Tse, W Face (solo - first ascent)

New Zealand

  • Mt Aspiring, NW Ridge


  • Mont Blanc, Brenva Spur
  • Aiguille du Midi, Frendo Spur
  • Mont Blanc du Tacul, N Face
  • Aiguille du Dru, SE Face

Alaska and Northern Canada

  • Moose's Tooth, Alaska - W Ridge (4th ascent)
  • Lotus Flower Tower, NWT
  • Mt Asgard, Baffin Island - Polar Thievery (first ascent)
  • Sif Pk, Baffin Island (first ascent)

Rock climbs - North America, Europe, Asia, Australia

  • Many classic multi-pitch climbs up to 5.11 in difficulty
  • Many sport and crag climbs up to 5.11 (trad) and 5.12 (sport)
  • Half Dome, NW Face
  • Washington Column, Prow
  • Leaning Tower, W Face
  • Sentinel Rock, Chouinard-Herbert

First Ascents

  • Imja Tse, Nepal - West Face (solo)
  • Mt Asgard, Baffin Island - Polar Thievery
  • Sif Pk, Baffin Island
  • The Finger, Canadian Rockies - NW Ridge
  • Vice President, Canadian Rockies - Carcajou Glacier
  • Numerous multi-pitch rock climbs in Canada, including:
    • Aftonroe
    • Plutonian Shores
    • Lost Lenore
    • Mountaineer's Route
    • Hoka Hey


  • Many day tours in the Canadian Rockies, Columbia Mountains, Coast Range, Japan and Europe
  • Bariloche Traverse (Argentina) - 5 days, solo
  • Three Pass Traverse, Glacier National Park - 2 days
  • Deville and Illecillewaet Icefields Loop, Glacier National Park - 5 days

Selected Guided Alpine Climbs Resume

Canadian Rockies

  • Whitehorn Mtn, S Ridge
  • Mt Robson, Kain Face (multiple)
  • Helmet, S Ridge
  • Resplendent Mtn, NW Slopes
  • Meisner Ridge
  • Mt Edith Cavell, E Ridge (multiple)
  • Bennington Pk, E Ridge
  • Mt Fryatt, W Ridge
  • Mt Fryatt, SW Face
  • Mt Unwin, W Ridge
  • Mt Brazeau, SW Slopes (multiple)
  • Tusk Pk, SW Ridge
  • Mt Clemenceau, W Face (multiple)
  • Tsar Mtn, N Ridge
  • Mt Alberta, Japanese Route (multiple)
  • Stutfield West Pk (multiple)
  • Stutfield East Pk (multiple)
  • Twins Tower, E Ridge (multiple)
  • North Twin, E Slopes (multiple)
  • South Twin, N Ridge (multiple)
  • West Twin, E Face (multiple)
  • Mt Kitchener, E Ridge
  • Mt King Edward, S Ridge (multiple)
  • Mt Columbia, E Face (multiple)
  • Snow Dome, SW Slopes
  • Mt Athabasca, AA Col (multiple)
  • Mt Athabasca, Ramp (multiple)
  • Mt Athabasca, Silverhorn (multiple)
  • Mt Athabasca, N Face (multiple)
  • Mt Athabasca, N Face Bypass (multiple)
  • Mt Andromeda, Skyladder
  • Mt Bryce, NE Ridge
  • Mt Bryce, S Face
  • Mt Whiterose, Traverse
  • Mt Alexandra, SW Ridge (multiple)
  • Mt Fresnoy, SW Ridge
  • Mt Cline, N Ridge (multiple)
  • Mt Lyell 1-5, Traverse (Peaks 1, 2, & 4 multiple times)
  • Mt Forbes, N Face
  • Mt Hector, N Glacier (multiple)
  • Mt Willingdon, W Ridge
  • Barbette Mtn, W Ridge (multiple)
  • Mistaya Mtn, multi-peak traverse
  • Mt Patterson, W Ridge (multiple)
  • Mt Niles, N Face (multiple)
  • Mt Balfour, SE Ridge (multiple)
  • The President, E Ridge (multiple)
  • Mt Goodsir, S Tower, SW Ridge
  • Mt Goodsir, Centre Tower, N Ridge
  • Mt Goodsir, N Tower, S Face
  • Hungabee Mtn, W Ridge
  • Glacier Pk, NW Face
  • Mt Huber, NE Ridge (multiple)
  • Wiwaxy Pk, Grassi Ridge (multiple)
  • Mt Victoria, N Pk, N Ridge
  • Mt Victoria, Huber Ledges (multiple)
  • Mt Victoria, S Ridge & Traverse (multiple)
  • Mt Lefroy, W Face (multiple)
  • Mt Aberdeen, N Glacier (multiple)
  • Haddo Pk, E Ridge
  • Mt Temple, E Ridge
  • Grand Sentinel, Normal Rte (multiple)
  • Deltaform Mtn, NW Ridge (multiple)
  • Mt Fay, W Ridge (multiple)
  • Mt Fay, N Face routes (multiple)
  • Mt Quadra, W Face
  • Stanley Pk, N Face (multiple)
  • Eisenhower Tower (multiple)
  • Mt Louis, Gmoser Rte
  • Mt Louis, Kain Rte (multiple)
  • Mt Assiniboine, N Ridge (multiple)
  • Mt Assiniboine, SW Face
  • Lunette Pk, SW Face
  • Mt Sir Douglas, W Ridge
  • My Joffre, N Face
  • Mt King George, N Ridge Integrale (first ascent)
  • Mt King George, SW Glacier (multiple)
  • Mt Harrison, SW Face
  • Mt Harrison, N Face

Columbia Mountains

  • Mt Sir Wilfred Laurier, S Ridge
  • Mt Sir Sandford, NW Ridge
  • Mt Rogers, S Face (multiple)
  • Mt Tupper, W Ridge (multiple)
  • Swiss Peaks Traverse
  • Uto Pk, SW Ridge (multiple)
  • Mt Sir Donald, NW Ridge (multiple)
  • Asulkan Traverse (multiple)
  • Rogers Pass Horseshoe (first traverse)
  • Bugaboo Spire, NE Ridge (multiple)
  • Bugaboo Spire, Kain Rte (multiple)
  • Pigeon Spire, W Ridge (multiple)
  • Snowpatch Spire, Surf’s Up
  • Snowpatch Spire, Snowpatch Rte
  • Bugaboo Glacier Peaks, Traverse
  • Marmolata Spire, E Ridge
  • Karnak Mtn, N Ridge
  • Commander Mtn, S Ridge

St. Elias Mountains

  • Mt Logan, E Ridge

Nepal Himalaya

  • Parchamo


  • Pisco

New Zealand

  • Mt Cook
  • Mt Dixon
  • Elie de Beaumont
  • Mt Haidenger


  • Mont Maudit, Frontier Ridge
  • Jungfrau
  • Mönch
  • Gross-Fiescherhorn
  • Matterhorn

Selected Avalanche Forecasting and Ski Guiding Resume

Avalanche Forecasting

  • Lake Louise Ski Area, Avalanche Forecaster - 7 seasons
  • Avalanche Canada, Public Avalanche Bulletin - 2 seasons


  • RK Heliski, Purcell Mountains - 2 seasons
  • CMH Galena, Selkirk Mountains - 2 seasons
  • TLH Heli Skiing, Coast Mountains - 3 seasons

Backcountry lodges in British Columbia

  • Sorcerer Lodge - multiple trips
  • Icefall Lodge
  • Selkirk Lodge
  • Valkyr Lodge - multiple trips
  • Valhalla Mountain Lodge - multiple trips
  • Ice Creek Lodge
  • Powder Creek Lodge
  • Sol Mountain Lodge - multiple trips
  • Kokanee Glacier Cabin - multiple trips
  • Whitecap Alpine (McGillivray Pass Lodge)
  • Hilda Hut (terrain consultant)

Day touring

  • Most classic tours in the Banff-Lake Louise-Kananaskis area (Canadian Rockies)
  • Most classic tours in Rogers Pass (Selkirks)
  • Most classic tours in the Whistler backcountry (Coast Range)
  • Many classic tours on the Duffy Lake road (Coast Range)
  • Some tours in Kootenay Pass area (Selkirks)

Canadian Rockies Ski Traverses

  • Great Divide Traverse (over three separate trips - first guided GDT)
  • Northern Rockies Highline (first traverse - part of the GDT)
  • Clemenceau-Columbia Traverse - multiple times (as part of GDT)
  • Alexandra River - Bow Lake (as part of GDT)
  • Wapta Traverse - multiple times
  • Yoho Traverse - multiple times
  • Vermillion Pass-Assiniboine
  • Lake Louise-Boom Lake

Columbia Mountains Ski Traverses

  • Southern Cariboos Traverse (to McAndrew Lake)
  • Ventego Creek to Moberly Pass (Selkirks)
  • Bugaboos to Rogers Pass (Purcells-Selkirks)

Coast Mountain Ski Traverses

  • Juneau Icecap Traverse
  • Lillooet Icefield Traverse
  • Spearhead Traverse


  • Chamonix-Zermatt Haute Route
  • Day trips, Chamonix area, France
  • Day trips, Zermatt area, Switzerland
  • Day trips, Silvretta area, Austria


  • Hakuba area day trips - multiple weeks


  • Day trips in the Elbrus region,  Caucasus Mountains - multiple weeks